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Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill

(1999)
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To murder or not to murder, Si worries to himself through a long, stiflingly hot summer on Primrose Hill, North London. Si is only seventeen, but his best friend, Danny, is determined to kill his stepfather, a junkie and a heroine dealer, who has beaten up Danny's junkie mother once too often. What are best friends for if not to offer their full support to any plans afoot? Si's paranoia grows to fever pitch as Danny's plans take haphazard and solid form. A beautiful young rich girl's apparent obsession with him doesn't help, as she seems to have major psychological problems of her own, which she expresses by cutting her arms and offering herself sexually to Si, only to withdraw the offer seconds later. This pain-ridden trio spend what should have been a summer of innocent pleasures alongside their other friends on Primrose Hill--smoking pot and getting drunk on cider--worrying about the logistics of a perfect murder. In the end, of course, events go badly awry and life only slowly returns to some kind of order. Si's lugubrious, comical narration creates a tragi-comic farce out of the surreal developments, and gently takes him through a searing rite of passage in which he feels he is always two steps behind. This is Helen Falconer's first novel; she is adept at the idiom of a seventeen year-old North Londoner and vividly evokes his gritty Primrose Hill environment--where she herself grew up. The only element her engaging novel lacks is a tragic undertone for such a grim loss of innocence.--Emily Ormond

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Primrose Hill: A Novel
Author(s): Helen L Falconer, Helen Falconer
ISBN: 0-89255-255-7 / 978-0-89255-255-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Persea Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: Primrose Hill
Author(s): Helen Falconer
ISBN: 0-571-20185-7 / 978-0-571-20185-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: Primrose Hill: A Novel
Author(s): Helen Falconer
ISBN: 0-89255-294-8 / 978-0-89255-294-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Persea
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 1999 : UK Paperback
Title: Primrose Hill
Author(s): Helen Falconer
ISBN: 0-571-19613-6 / 978-0-571-19613-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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